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Object Name Ribbon, Commemorative
Catalog Number 2015.fic.102
Description This is a piece of thick white cotton fabric printed with a portrait of Abraham Lincoln in the center. The portrait is rendered in varying shades of gray. Below Lincoln is an eagle with its wings spread out; a shield with stars and stripes sits in front of the eagle. Leaves splay from behind the eagle and extend up on either side of Lincoln. The entire image is surrounded by a black rectangular border with rounded corners. Under the box are the words "Abraham Lincoln" in black lettering. The words "Carquillat tex." and "Allardet del." are also printed below in small black lettering.
Other Name Mourning Ribbon
Collection LCHS Abraham Lincoln Collection
Provenance This framed image of Lincoln is actually a woven silk portrait and is not a print. This mourning “ribbon” was more than likely from the Centennial Exposition of 1876, and the title has been cut off from the bottom. A series of these ribbons were made to commemorate other individuals as well. For example, Wilhelm I, King of Prussia, Emperor of Germany and Joseph Marie Jacquard portraits were also woven in silk. There is evidence that the textile was cut to fit into the frame, so the text beneath the portrait was removed. It was woven by Francois Carquillat and was designed by Allardet. There are a few minor holes in the silk and some stains, but this item is over 100 years old and still prominently displays the image of a beloved and memorable president.
Date c. 1876
Material Silk
Dimensions H-10.75 W-7.5 inches
Height (in) 10.75
Width (in) 7.5
People Lincoln, Abraham
Search Terms Presidents